Rey Mysterio has heaped praise on WWE legend The Undertaker, saying the man from the dark side has been a ‘role model’ for the company.
Undertaker called time on his stunning, unrivalled career at the end of 2020 with a farewell at Survivor Series.
That came three decades after he’d made his debut for what was then the World Wrestling Federation at the same event in 1990.
In between, the Phenom won various world championships and competed all over the world – all having helped create and perfect arguably the finest character in the history of the industry.
Now at WrestleMania weekend, The Undertaker will receive the ultimate honour of being inducted into WWE’s Hall of Fame in a prestigious ceremony that takes place after SmackDown on Friday.
Fellow veteran Mysterio – with a prolific, remarkable career of his own under his belt – had some lofty praise for the Texan when speaking in a WWE interview ahead of the show.
The masked sensation said the Demon of Death Valley deserves the time he’s now enjoying away from the spotlight and is happy to see his colleague’s hard work being rewarded.
“It's crazy,” he said of Undertaker’s induction. “It's surreal because not too long ago I was hanging out with The Undertaker backstage at a show and then we talked a little bit about wrestling.
“His career has lasted so long, and I've had the opportunity to be in the ring with him, against him and by his side, you know?
“And it's still so surreal that he's getting inducted. I am so happy for him because he deserves every accolade that is coming his way. He's worked hard.
“He's been just an incredible role model when it comes to how he represents the company. I'm very happy. He's a blessed man. He's enjoying life now, which is even better, you know?
“He's being a father, he's being a husband and there is nothing better for somebody like him to receive this award.”
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Rey Mysterio is himself in action this coming weekend when he teams with son Dominik to face the pairing of The Miz and celeb Logan Paul.
Of the chance to share such a major spotlight with his son, the 47-year-old added: “Not only is it my son's first WrestleMania moment but it's also our first WrestleMania moment together as father and son.
“I don't think there's ever been a father and son moment at WrestleMania, so we want to make sure that's established, and we want to make sure we get that W.”
WrestleMania 38 airs live from Dallas, Texas, on Saturday, April 2nd, and Sunday, April 3rd. Fans in the UK can watch on WWE Network and BT Sport Box Office. Visit wwe.com for more.
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